We have been back from our vacation for almost a week. Can we go back already?!
Today I’m sharing my Santorini travel diary, including everything we did!
So when we first arrived, let me tell you, Santorini has the tiniest airport known to man. You step out of the plane onto the tarmac and take a bus to the airport. We took a taxi to our hotel and settled into our hotel called The Theoxenia. We immediately started walking around and ended up at a restaurant called Volcano Blue for dinner and watched our first Santorini sunset. After dinner we walked around some but were pretty tired and called it an early night.
After a good night’s sleep we had a delicious breakfast on patio. I got ready for the day, did my hair and make-up with plan to walk from Thira to Oía. I didn’t think the walk would be very difficult, just long. I packed water for each of us and a snack. Can I just say though, the hike was hard! I underestimated it and packed and wore all the wrong things. If you do this hike, pack more water and snacks as well as sunscreen. Also should have worn shorts.
All that aside, the hike was beautiful. We saw so many beautiful views and saw a lot of the island that you wouldn’t normally see. A couple of hours into our hike we saw a path go down onto a little island with a big rock formation. We decided to hike down there and rock climb up to see the view. It was terrifying but so worth it! When we finally arrived in Oía we were exhausted and found a place to rest and grab some lunch. After eating we walked around Oía and got some yummy gelato at Lolita’s but were so exhausted that we decided to take the bus back to Thira. We took a half hour nap and got ready for the sunset with dinner at Naoussa. We had a delicious meal with lots of baklava!
Another day and another yummy breakfast on the patio. We spent the morning shopping at all of the cute boutiques in Thira. I’ll have a post up soon on where to shop!
In the afternoon we went on a boat/sailing tour around Santorini. We booked this through Sunset Oia Sailing Cruises. When you got on the boat you had the options of sitting at tables or in the nets towards the front of the boat. We sat towards the front and loved the view and feeling the water splash on us. We had a couple of stops to get out and swim and watched the sunset on the boat. Which was so beautiful!
On this busy Saturday we decided to take the bus into Oía to do more sightseeing. We explored the town, took some blog photos and had a blast. We took a bus back to Fira and had a yummy dinner at Lucky’s Souvlaki’s. After we watched the Volcano Festival Fireworks from our balcony. It’s been 3,452 years since Caldera errupted. The fireworks were amazing and had the fireworks mimic the volcano errupting!
On Sunday we lounged by the pool. Everyone needs a day of rest!
On Monday, we went on a wine tour with Santorini Wine Adventures. We learned a lot about one of Santorini’s biggest industries! Their wineries look like tiny bushes on the ground and they are careful watering them since it rains in Santorini only 18 days a year and due to the aggregation they can’t water plants. There’s a mist that comes in the night that helps the plants get watered. It’s all very interesting! After our tour we walked to Firostefani and enjoyed the sunset. We also had n amazing dinner at Argo!
Our last day! We decided to rent an ATV and drive around the island. We drove to the monastery of Elias, stopped and looked at the ancient civilization Akrotiri, walked on red beach, drove to a lighthouse and enjoyed the view, drove to Oia and had milkshakes at Meteor Cafe, drove back to Fira, grabbed dinner at Lucky’s Souvlaki’s and watched the sunset, and grabbed last-minute souvenirs and packed!